Tetsuya Naito recently did an interview with NJPW’s website while in-character. In this interview, he talked about taking on IWGP Intercontinental champion Chris Jericho at Wrestle Kingdom 13 on January 4, 2019, at the Tokyo Dome in Tokyo, Japan.
Naito also talked about the plans to beat Jericho as well as the treatment that the former WWE star has received from New Japan Pro Wrestling management.
“Yeah. But I do believe that the winner is proven right. Even though he doesn’t wrestle a lot, and he’s pre-occupied with another career, I’m the one who lost to him in Osaka. It’s my fault that he’s got that chip on his shoulder. That’s on me.”
“I could feel his intent, as if he was truly trying to kill me. He was different from what I expected, different from other American wrestlers. He was probably switching things up because he was in New Japan. Besides just his wrestling, I understood why he’s been a top start for many years. He has a nimble mind. He’s put it all together to get to the point he’s at now.”